from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine for making rope from yarn.
- n. A machine for laying up the strands of a rope: same as laying-machine.
- n. Same as rope-winch.
- n. A machine for twisting hay-rope used in a foundry.
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The bark of a certain tree was spun into twine and rope by a rope-machine made for the purpose, and a still more complex machine, namely, a turning-lathe, was constructed for the purpose of turning the block sheaves; while sails were made out of native mats, quilted to give them sufficient strength to resist the wind.